Predict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)

John Haysom and Michael Bowen provide middle and high school science teachers with more than 100 student activities to help the students develop their understanding of scientific concepts. The powerful Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) strategy, field-tested by hundreds of teachers, is designed to foster student inquiry and challenge existing conceptions that students bring to the classroom.

The POE strategy allows students to reflect on their experiences with and understanding of a subject before making a prediction about the outcome of an experiment and discussing the prediction with classmates. Following up this discussion with observations and then scientific explanations of the outcome gives students a more in-depth understanding of the subject at hand. Furthermore, the authors’ POE strategy helps teachers gain insight into students’ thinking throughout the learning process. Practicing the POE strategy also serves preservice teachers who need to develop strong pedagogy as they attempt to engage students in science learning and understanding.

The 15 chapters cover topics such as force and motion, temperature and heat, light, chemical change, and life processes in plants. Lessons include worksheets, scientific explanations of the concepts being studied, summaries of student responses during the field tests, synopses of research findings, and lists of necessary materials. In Predict, Observe, Explain, Haysom and Bowen make it easy for novice and experienced teachers alike to incorporate a teaching method that helps students understand—and even enjoy—science and learning.

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  • on Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:07 PM

This is an awesome resource for letting students take more control of their learning, the strategy is easy to use and can be adapted for practically any age group!

Ella Bowling  (Brooksville, KY)
Ella Bowling (Brooksville, KY)

  • on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:23 AM

While major educational publishers, their authors and editors have abandoned research-based science education for a misguided emphasis on decontextualized teaching of literacy and numeracy and factoid preparation for high stakes testing, NSTA Press and authors like John Haysom and Michael Bowen continue to advance the cause of science for all with research-based teaching and learning resources. For all those science teachers who remain true to their calling to actively engage students in meaningful learning, Predict, Observe, Explain is an outstanding, well researched, classroom developed and tested resource. It uses a powerful strategy for enlisting students in learning some of the most important ideas in science.

Charles McFadden
Charles McFadden

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